There are two important meetings this week in Astoria.
On Wednesday, at 9 a.m. in City Hall, the City Council will discuss single-use plastic bags. Recent reports mention plastic is now in our fish, shellfish and even sea salt. A city with a ongoing history of commercial and recreational fishing should be doing everything possible to prevent more plastic from entering our rivers and flowing to the ocean.
As I walk the Astoria Riverwalk I pick up litter, which includes plastic lids/straws and wind-blown single-use bags. Other cities in Oregon have done this, as has the entire state of California, and Astoria can also do this to make our waterways, ocean, fishing and wildlife better for future generations.
On Thursday, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in Room 219 of Columbia Hall at Clatsop Community College, there is a town hall meeting to discuss if we are going to be able to enjoy views of the river as we walk along the Riverwalk.
It appears that the proposed Urban Core Plan from Second to 16th streets will permit 28- to 45-foot buildings on both sides of us as we use the Riverwalk. Roof-mounted equipment will make them even taller. This would be like walking through a tunnel of buildings. The plan reads we would be allowed “managed views of the river through building corridors.”
George (Mick) Hague